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Approval as an authorised inspection body granted by the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority

  • Permit or other obligation
  • Nationwide
  • Public service

The Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority approves inspection bodies to inspect nuclear facilities’ pressure equipment, other mechanical equipment and steel and concrete structures.

You can find the approval requirements in STUK’s guide YVL E.1 Authorised inspection body and the licensee’s in-house inspection organisation. The requirements apply to the operation and structures of inspection bodies, resources and competence, approval procedure, reporting obligations, and the supervision of STUK.

The guide YVL E.1 also contains detailed application instructions concerning operations as an inspection body in both construction and existing nuclear power plants.

Do the following

The applicant must apply for a written approval from STUK in order to act as an authorised inspection body. Applications and other documents must be submitted to STUK in accordance with the guide YVL A.1 “Regulatory oversight of safety in the use of nuclear energy”.

To whom and on what terms

The approval of STUK requires that the inspection body first acquires a qualification accreditation from its national accreditation body (in Finland: FINAS, Finnish Accreditation Service). The criteria for accreditation are the standard SFS EN ISO/IEC EN 17020 (2012-05-21), technical standards suitable for inspection activities and the STUK nuclear power plant guides (YVL guides), which set requirements for the operation of inspection bodies in planned inspection tasks. After the accreditation has been granted, the inspection bodies apply for approval, i.e. authorisation, from STUK.

A fee is charged for the service.

Background information

Authorised inspection body and the licensee’s in-house inspection organisation, 15.3.2019

Basic information

The service is provided byRadiation and Nuclear Safety Authority
Responsible for the serviceRadiation and Nuclear Safety Authority
Area Whole Finland
Available languagesFinnish, English
Text edited by: Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority
Updated: 10/12/2020